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The National & Thao got down at Stubb’s (with Justin Vernon) (pics, video setlist)

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

The National @ Stubb’s – 10/05/2013
The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013
The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

Intellectual rock music is difficult to come by these days. Luckily, we have The National, a band defined by dark, sensible lyrics that actually make you think. On first listen, The National don’t necessarily fit the profile of a big name act that appeals to large audiences, but in the live setting the band has a commanding presence. This has a lot to do with frontman Matt Berninger, a mysterious figure that dresses in dark clothing (usually a suit) and looks more like a college professor than the singer of a rock band. Berninger’s distinctive baritone voice feels arid and tired, reminiscent of a weary world traveler. At Stubb’s Berninger unleashed this voice and connected with the audience, eliciting the kind of wide-eyed focus you would give to a man sharing a strange and wonderful story. Backing up this powerful voice is the band, who solemnly play in a way that is both controlled and complex, providing the perfect build-ups and sweeping orchestral sound that could only mesh with a voice like Berninger’s. The audience on Saturday night was treated to all of this as The National took them on a two-hour journey that spanned their musical catalogue. Chances are, The National won’t play a venue as intimate as Stubb’s the next time they return to Austin, and on Saturday night the respectful crowd of loyal fans were keenly aware of this.[The Horn]

The National, in Austin for Austin City Limits, played an after show at Stubb’s on Saturday (10/5) with Thao Nguyen and The Get Down Stay Down. They played mostly song’s off their latest album, Trouble Will Find Me, and dedicated a song to The Cure who were also playing ACL. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), whose side project The Shouting Matches also played ACL and a show at Stubb’s, joined The National for their last two songs, one of which he also contributes to on High Violet. Watch the video, along with the full setlist, pictures and other videos from the show, below…

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

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The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The National — “Sea of Love” at Stubb’s

The National — “Humiliation” at Stubb’s

The National — “Terrible Love” at Stubb’s

Terrible Love // The National +Justin Vernon Stubb’s Austin, Texas

Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks // The National +Justin Vernon Stubb’s A

The National at Stubb’s – 10/5/13 Setlist
I Should Live in Salt
Don’t Swallow the Cap
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Demons
Sea of Love
Afraid of Everyone
Conversation 16
Squalor Victoria
Abel
All the Wine (Dedicated to The Cure)
I Need My Girl
This Is the Last Time
Apartment Story
About Today
Fake Empire
Humiliation
Mr. November
Terrible Love (w/ Justin Vernon)
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (w/ Justin Vernon)

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